Date: 27th March 2017 at 12:04pm
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Being called up for international duty again will see the interest in Michael Keane grow, especially as the Burnley defender won his first caps for England against Germany and Lithuania.

However, it would have also seen his valuation increase so if Keane does leave Burnley in the summer the Clarets will receive an inflated fee, as is the way with England internationals.

These performances were particularly impressive for former Arsenal and England full back Lee Dixon, who lavished praise on 24 year old Keane when commenting on ITV after the Lithuania win on Sunday.

Despite operating in two different systems for his country Keane looked ‘assured’ and displayed a confidence gained from his regularly involvement at Turf Moor since his arrival from Manchester United.

Dixon was quoted from his TV analysis – by the Daily Mail – as saying

‘He has (been assured) obviously playing two different systems as well has given him something to think about,’ said the ex-Arsenal man. Especially the Germany game as well, a big game playing over there. It was a big test for his debut. But he was assured, pinging balls shows the confidence he’s got by playing week-in week-out at Burnley.’

He went on to add Keane’s first half showing against Germany last week highlighted his ability with the Burnley defender now pushing himself up the pecking order, potentially leaving others worried for their place.

‘I thought he played really well in that first half against Germany, in that little slot either side of the central defender. His tackling, his timing, his distribution and his presence, he’s got a presence about him. As soon as you go into a side and do well on your debut the other centre halves will be going like that (looks around) oh, heck, he’s come here (giving competition for places).’

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